What a difference two weeks makes for the LSU Tigers. After getting blown out at home against Tennessee and leaving just Volunteer fans in the stadium in the third quarter, LSU gets a big SEC West victory against another top ten opponent and dominates them from start to finish. This time, it was the Tiger fans that were the only ones left standing when storming the field at the conclusion of the Tigers’ 45-20 dominating victory.
“Exciting day in Tiger Stadium. Our guys wanted this opportunity. They saw this as a privilege to play in this stadium and really wanted this opportunity. Obviously, the last three quarters, played great football. At the end of the day, when you have a top team coming in, that’s why you come to LSU.”LSU Head Coach Brian Kelly on getting the upset victory in Tiger Stadium
After scoring six touchdowns last week in the win against Florida, LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels carried that incredible performance from last week to this week and added five more touchdowns tonight against Ole Miss with two coming through the air and three more coming on the ground. Daniels has scored more touchdowns in the past two weeks then he had the previous six games. He also set the school record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with eight this season.
“We have found our rhythm. The biggest thing in the offensive unit is trust, and we all trust each other. I am going to give them the ball where they can go out there and make a play and they trust me to put it in the right spot.”LSU QB Jayden Daniels on the recent offensive success
Daniels completed 21 of 28 passes for 248 yards while adding 121 more yards on the ground. Daniels completed passes to eight different receivers including Jaray Jenkins and Mason Taylor, who both had touchdown receptions tonight.
“The structure of their defense is a three down with six defensive backs. When they chose to keep them back in coverage, he was in zone read, game option where he could throw it or run it. He was on his game tonight. When he had three deep safeties, he was reading it out and keeping it. When the safeties were down, the ball was coming out on RPOs. He was really good tonight of reading it out.”Brian Kelly on Jayden Daniels’ performance
The game started slow for LSU again as Ole Miss drove right down the field and scored on its first two possessions with two Quinshon Judkins touchdown runs to give the Rebels an early 17-3 lead, but since that point, the Tigers settled into the football game on both sides of the football and would outscore the Rebels 42-3 the rest of the way.
The Rebels offense came in averaging 271 yards rushing per game and the LSU defensive front held the Rebels way under that average tonight giving up 116 yards on the ground. Mekhi Wingo had an incredible performance with seven tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1.5 TFLs, two pass breakups, a quarterback hurry, and a forced fumble on the final play of the game. Micah Baskerville and Harold Perkins were also stars for the Tigers tonight as both players were relentless pass rushers and forced Ole Miss quarterback Jaxson Dart to be off his rhythm all night long.
“Our defense played great in the second half against a very potent offense. As our guys got their cleats in the ground, they played much better. Their eye discipline was great in the second half.”LSU Head Coach Brian Kelly on what changed for LSU defensively in the second half
The biggest turning point of the game came when Baskerville pressured Dart and forced an one handed interception by Joe Foucha as Ole Miss was driving to try and take the lead late in the third quarter.
“Man, it was really a run defense. I was just like regardless of it being a pass or run, I’m going. If it is a pass, I have to make a play and get to the quarterback. That’s what was going through my mind.”LSU LB Micah Baskerville on forcing the Joe Foucha interception
The Tigers offense took advantage of the timely interception and scored on three more drives to put the game out of reach for the Rebels. Along with Daniels’ dynamic performance in the running game, the Tigers also were able to get a lot of productivity from Josh Williams and Armoni Goodwin, who combined for 131 yards and a touchdown. Including Daniel’s runs, the Tigers had 252 yards on the ground and four total scores.
“We’re just trusting each other more. Just going out there and doing the same thing we do at practice every day and bringing that here.”LSU offensive lineman Will Campbell on the offensive line gelling together
Once again, LSU overcomes a slow start and makes up for it in dominating fashion. The victory was by far the biggest victory of the Brian Kelly era as the Tigers not only end Ole Miss’ undefeated season and gets the Magnolia Bowl Trophy, but now, joins Alabama towards the top of the SEC West Standings with a 6-2 overall record and a 4-1 conference record.
“I think that’s probably the furthest thing from my mind. I’m so excited for our players. I’ve used this analogy before. They jumped in 100 percent with a whole new way of doing things for me. I’m just so pleased that they’re seeing the positive results because of it. I think that’s what I’m most excited about.”LSU Head Coach Brian Kelly on importance of victory
Next up, the Tigers will hit the bye week riding high and will have a huge SEC West matchup against Alabama with the winner of that game possibly being in the driver’s seat for a SEC Western Division title.
Check out these great photos taken by Billy Metcalf in the first half of the LSU Ole Miss game. For the rest of the photos, make sure to come back to our website as we will have the complete gallery in the next couple of days.
Drive By Drive Recap:
Ole Miss has won the toss and has elected to receive.
Ole Miss starts their first drive of the game from the Rebels’ 30 yard line. Jaxson Dart completes two straight passes to Jordan Watkins for 23 combined yards on the first two plays. After a one yard loss on first down, Dart completes a 37 yard pass to Jonathan Mingo as Mingo is downed at the one yard line. The Rebels were penalized with an illegal formation penalty to set up a first and goal at the six yard line. The Rebels go to the running game, which has been so good for them this season as freshman standout Quinshon Judkins finds the end zone from six yards out. The Rebels take an early 7-0 lead off a five play, 70 yard scoring drive.
LSU starts their first drive of the game from their own 25 yard line. Josh Williams navigates his way and gets an eight yard gain on first down. Jayden Daniels keeps it on the right side and picks up a first down on the next play. Daniels quickly connects with Mason Taylor for the first completion of the game. Williams gets another big gain on the left side and picks up the second first down of the drive. Daniels carries the football and picks up 13 yards before taking a hit by Isheem Young. The ensuing play, Daniels gets blown up in the backfield by Otis Reese for no gain. Daniels takes a deep shot to the left side to Brian Thomas and Thomas gets interfered by Davison Igbinosun to mark the football at the Rebels’ 19 yard line. Williams gets his third carry of the drive and picks up another positive gain of five yards. Daniels hits Kyren Lacy on the left side for a seven yard gain giving the Tigers first and goal at the seven yard line. On first and goal, Williams gets the carry and gets met up with Troy Brown for only a pickup of one. After some miscommunication, LSU has to burn its first timeout of the first half. Daniels just overthrows Kayshon Boutte in the back of the end zone to set up third down. Daniels throws to Malik Nabers, who makes the catch at the back of the end zone, but just could not get a foot in. Damian Ramos settles for a 23 yard field goal and LSU is on the board. Ole Miss leads LSU 7-3. It was a 12 play, 69 yard drive for the Tigers.
After scoring a touchdown on the opening drive, Ole Miss starts its second drive from their own 25 yard line. On the first play, Dart completes a big 28 yard completion to Malik Heath. When it looked LSU would get an interception from Greg Brooks, the Tigers were called for pass interference on Jay Ward. The next play, Dart scrambles and gets blasted by Jay Ward. A holding call puts the Rebels in second down and 11. Dart scrambles again and gets eight yards to set up third down and three. The Rebels convert with a run by Judkins and moves the chains. Ward gets called for his second pass interference penalty and the Rebels have a first down at the Tigers’ 22 yard line. Judkins gets the carry to the left side and gets brought down by Greg Penn for a six yard gain. Greg Brooks breaks up a pass and Sage Ryan almost gets to the ball on the deflection, but the pass falls incomplete. Judkins carries the ball and gets two yards. The Rebels go for it on fourth down and two and do not convert, but a third pass interference penalty makes it first and goal for Ole Miss. Judkins gets the ball and gets a three yard pickup. Ole Miss scores again on a three yard touchdown run from Judkins, which is his second of the game. Ole Miss extends its lead at 14-3. It was a ten play, 75 yard scoring drive for the Rebels.
A nice 33 yard return from Noah Cain sets up the Tigers at their own 35 yard line. After an incomplete on first down, Ole Miss is called for roughing the passer and LSU has a new set of downs at the Rebels’ 45 yard line. Armoni Goodwin gets to the outside and gets a 19 yard pickup for another first down. This would be Goodwin’s first carry since his injury against New Mexico. Daniels picks up three yards on first down to set up second down and seven. Daniels gets sacked in the backfield by Cedric Johnson for a six yard loss. On third down and 13, Daniels picks up what he can and gets the ball to the 25 yard line. The quarterback run would set up a 42 yard field goal attempt for Ramos. Ramos’ field goal attempt is wide right and the Tigers leave empty handed.
Ole Miss takes over from their own 25 yard line. Judkins gets the ball on the first two plays to set up third down and four. Dart steps up in the pocket and completes to Watkins for eight yards near the left sideline. Dart connects again with Malik Heath and picks up 16 yards to the LSU 45 yard line. Dart hits Heath for a 27 yard gain to put the Rebels inside the red zone. Dart completes to Mingo and is immediately tackled by Jarrick Bernard-Converse to set up third down and five for the Rebels. Dart keeps it and loses a yard. The first quarter runs out and Ole Miss has a 14-3 lead over LSU at the end of the period.
At the start of the second quarter, Jonathan Cruz attempts a 32 yard field goal attempt and adds three more points on the scoreboard. Ole Miss extends its lead at 17-3. It was a 9 play, 61 yard scoring drive for the Rebels.
Malik Nabers starts the drive with a nice catch and run for 17 yards. Goodwin keeps the legs turning and picks up five tough yards on first down. LSU is penalized with an ineligible receiver downfield and makes it second down and ten. Daniels dumps the ball out to Josh Williams and Williams picks up 11 yards to move the chains. Daniels keeps it on the zone read and picks up 13 yards to the Ole Miss 34 yard line. Jaray Jenkins makes a great play and comes back to the football through two defenders and scores on a touchdown reception from Jayden Daniels. LSU gets its first touchdown of the football game. It is Jenkins’ fifth touchdown catch of the season and Daniels’ 11th touchdown pass of the year. LSU scores on a five play, 75 yard scoring drive. Ole Miss leads LSU 17-10.
Ole Miss takes over from their own 25 yard line. Dart’s pass is incomplete as Joe Foucha makes a great break on the football. Dart overthrows Mingo in what should have been another big play and because of that, Ole Miss has a third down and ten. Dart carries the football on a quarterback draw and is down. The Rebels have a fourth down and one. After three consecutive scoring drives, Ole Miss punter Frasier Masin steps on the field for the first time to punt and the Tigers force a three and out. Gregory Clayton calls fair catch and LSU starts their next drive from their own 20 yard line.
Daniels connects with Mason Taylor for a huge gain of 38 yards as Taylor runs down the sidelines for the Tigers. Then, Kayshon Boutte gets his first reception of the game for seven yards. Goodwin gets the carry and moves the chains for the Tigers at the Rebels’ 30 yard line. Daniels gets pressure around him and gets tackles from behind by Johnson, who sacks the LSU quarterback for a two yard loss. Daniels runs up the middle and gets hit late in the process by Markevious Brown, who is called for targeting. The call is reversed so instead of targeting, LSU has third down and three at the 23 yard line. Daniels hits Boutte on the drag route for a 20 yard gain and the Tigers have first and goal at the three yard line. Daniels runs it from the three and scores a touchdown. It is Daniels’ seventh rushing touchdown of the season, which ties a school record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. Ramos makes the ensuing extra point and the score is tied at 17 a piece. It was a seven play, 78 yard scoring drive for the Tigers.
After being down on the last possession, Dart comes back on the field to start the drive for the Rebels. LSU’s defense led by Micah Baskerville and Jaquelin Roy tackles Judkins for only a two yard pickup. On second down, Mekhi Wingo bats down a pass to force third down and ten. On third down, Dart hits a crosser to Heath for 17 yards to continue his big game. Judkins gets another first down two plays later. Ole Miss tries a trick play, but gets penalized in the process on a block in the back penalty. That makes it a first down and 16 for the Rebels. Dart completes to Heath again for a 31 yard gain continuing the senior’s big day. The next play, Ole Miss gets called for offensive pass interference. Ole Miss has a first down and 25 at the 34 yard line. Dart takes off and gets tackled by Penn and Wingo after a ten yard pickup. Dart throws an incomplete pass to set up another third down and long opportunity for LSU to get a stop. Freshman standout linebacker Harold Perkins makes his first big impactful play of the game and gets a sack for a loss of six yard loss to force a long Ole Miss field goal. Cruz’s 48 yard attempt is good and the Rebels regain the lead at 20-17. It was a 11 play, 45 yard drive for the Rebels.
After two straight touchdown scoring drives, LSU starts their next drive from their own 25 yard line. Daniels hits Nabers for a seven yard gain. Daniels completes a pass to Goodwin to move the chains. Daniels keeps the ball to the left side and picks up six yards on first down. Daniels hands the ball of to Goodwin, who picks up six yards and moves the chains. Daniels hits Williams for a nine yard pickup to set up a second down and one. Daniels is sacked on second down by Khari Coleman for a four yard loss to set up third down and five. He is sacked again for the second straight time this time by the Rebels’ sack leader Jared Ivy and after the third down stop, the Rebels call their first timeout of the first half. Bramblett punts the football 42 yards and Jordan Watkins returns it for three yards to set up the Rebels next drive from their own 12 yard line. Judson runs the ball twice to run out the rest of the first half clock. At the end of the first half, Ole Miss leads LSU 20-17.
The LSU Tigers start the second half with the football and from their own 25 yard line. Williams gets the carry and gets a three yard gain. Daniels carries with the football and picks up eight yards on the running play to move the chains. Williams gets the carry on first down and picks up five yards. Daniels throws an incomplete pass to Boutte as Deantre Prince breaks the pass up. Daniels’ pass is behind Mason Taylor and the Tigers will have to punt. On the punt, Watkins returns the ball up to the Rebels’ 23 yard line and that’s where they will start their first drive of the second half.
Jenkins gets the carry and gets tackled by Ali Gaye for no gain. Dart’s pass on second down is incomplete as Harold Perkins brings the pressure. Dart’s pass is incomplete to Kelly as it was behind the tight end. This was the second three and out forced by the Tigers today. Masin only has a 27 yard punt and the Tigers take over with great field position at midfield.
Daniels runs the football to the outside for a five yard gain. Daniels completes to Nabers to move the chains for Tigers. Daniels keeps it on the RPO and picks up three yards to make it second down and seven. The pass is incomplete on second down. Williams gets the carry on third down and seven and picks up six yards. The Tigers quickly go for it on fourth down and pick up the first down on an eight yard run by Williams. Williams gets the ball again and gets nine yards. The next play, Daniels takes a shot to the end zone and Ole Miss gets flagged for pass interference and the Tigers have first and goal. Williams gets the carry and is spotted at the one yard line. Tigers go quickly in a heavy package, but the play is blown dead before to review the play. The play stood as called. Ole Miss stuffs Daniels on the quarterback keeper and it sets up third down and goal at the two. On third and goal, Daniels completes the pass to Mason Taylor, who scores the touchdown for the Tigers. The LSU Tigers take the lead for the first time in the football game and score off a 10 play, 50 yard drive. This is Daniels’ 12th touchdown pass of the season and this is Mason Taylor’s first touchdown catch of his LSU career. LSU leads Ole Miss 24-20.
Trailing for the first time today, Ole Miss starts the next drive from their own 25 yard line. Micah Baskerville tracks down the running back for a three yard loss. LSU gets penalized ten yards on a holding play by Garner to make it first down. Heath makes a leaping 23 yard reception to give the Rebels another first down. LSU’s Harold Perkins blows up the screen and Dart throws the ball at the ground. Judkin gets a pitch towards the left side and picks up nine yards. Jacobian Guillory and Demario Tolan stuff Judkins for a loss and force fourth down. Dart is able to pick up the first down on fourth down to move the chains. BJ Ojulari bullrushes the left tackle and forces Dart to throw the ball away on 1st down. Watkins moves the chains again on a 13 yard reception. Judkins gets a five yard gain on first down. Judkins gets the carry again for a three yard gain. Judkins gets the first down to make it first down and goal for the Rebels. On second down, Joe Foucha makes a huge play intercepting Dart in the end zone. The play was forced by Micah Baskerville, who put pressure on Dart. It is his first interception as a LSU Tiger. Foucha takes a knee and LSU has first down and ten at their own 20 yard line.
On first down, Daniels hits Jenkins for a 17 yard completion to move the chains. Williams gets the carry on the left side and picks up five yards. After a four yard pickup on second down, the Tigers had third down and one and the Tigers pick up the first down. Boutte gets the catch on the screen and picks up 12 yards to move the chains again. Daniels hits Thomas on the right side and picks up 14 yards. The Tigers are on another impressive drive already at the Rebels’ 25 yard line. After a couple of first downs in a row, Daniels’ pass hits the ground as the ball was tipped. Daniels completes a pop pass to Boutte for a four yard gain to make it third down and six. The quarter runs out and LSU enters the final stanza with a 24-20 lead.
To start the fourth quarter, Daniels completes an eleven yard pass to move the chains and make it first down and 10 at the 11 yard line. Daniels uses his legs and scores an 11 yard touchdown. With that touchdown run, Daniels sets a school record for most rushing touchdowns in a season by a quarterback. It was high eighth rushing touchdown of the season. LSU extends its lead at 31-20 and scores on a ten play, 80 yard scoring drive.
Baskerville almost intercepts Dart as Perkins brings the pressure and it is third down. LSU’s defense gets a stop, but gets penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct against Perkins keeping the Rebels drive alive. Judkins gets a five yard gain on first down before being brought down by Gaye for only a two yard pickup. Ole Miss gets penalized for holding and the Rebels have a third down and 13 instead of a first down. LSU does get a stop on third down when Converse tackles Heath for only a two yard pickup. The Rebels punt the football again and Clayton returns it off the bounce to the the Tigers’ 10 yard line. It was a 52 yard punt by Masin, but Ole Miss had to re punt after an illegal formation penalty. Masin punts the ball to the end zone for a touchback and LSU starts the next drive from their own 20 yard line.
Daniels’ pass is complete to Thomas for 12 yards to move the chains. Goodwin shows his lower leg strength and picks up six hard fought yards to make it second down and four. Williams picks up two more yards to set up third down and two. Daniels’ seven yard completion to Nabers moves the chains for a new set of downs. Daniels goes back to the ground game for a ten yard pickup on the right side. Daniels evades pressure and picks up another first down with his legs. Otise Reese is penalized 15 yards on the late hit on Daniels, which puts the Tigers at the 17 yard line. Just like the entire drive, Daniels relies on his legs where nobody touches him as he runs for a 17 yard touchdown to extend the Tigers’ lead at 38-20. That was another 80 yard scoring drive for the Tigers and it also was Daniels’ third rushing touchdown of the game.
After a first down conversion, LSU’s defense continues its dominant second half sacking Dart for a loss on fourth down as Ojulari and Wingo meet in the backfield for the sack. LSU takes over at the Rebels’ 38 yard line.
Armoni Goodwin gets three carries before Daniels takes off and gets ten yards to pick up a first down at the Rebels’ 13 yard line. Williams gets a five yard pickup to make it second down and five at the eight yard line. Daniels picks up another four yards to make it third down and one at the four. Williams gets the carry to pick up the first down and a carry later, gets his fourth rushing touchdown of the season. The Tigers score a touchdown on their fourth consecutive drive and LSU is in command at 45-20.
Ole Miss hits a couple of plays to Judkins, but LSU’s defense ends the game on an absolute high note with a Wingo sack.
Final Score: LSU 45 Ole Miss 20
Offensive Cumulative Stats:
|NET TOTAL YARDS||404||500|
|NET RUSHING YARDS||116||252|
|Average Per Rush||3.1||5.3|
|NET PASSING YARDS||288||248|
|Avg Per Completion||14.4||11.8|
|Drops (%)||0 (00%)||1 (04%)|
|TOTAL 1ST DOWNS||25||35|
|Rushing 1st Downs||7||17|
|Passing 1st Downs||12||14|
|Penalty 1st Downs||6||4|
Offense Efficiency Comparison:
|RED ZONE ATTEMPTS||3-4||6-6|
|Red Zone Points||17||38|
|RZ TDs Rush-Pass||2-0||4-1|
|RZ FG Made-Att||1-1||1-1|
|Pts Off Turns||0||7|
Special Teams Comparison:
|Tackles for Loss||4||6|
Ole Miss Passing:
Ole Miss Receiving:
Ole Miss Rushing:
Ole Miss Punting:
Ole Miss Field Goals:
|TOTAL||2-2||LONG OF 48|
Ole Miss All Purpose Yards:
Ole Miss Defense:
Ole Miss Punt Returns
Ole Miss Kick Returns:
Ole Miss Team Stats By Quarter:
Ole Miss Scoring Summary:
|1||13:23||TD||RUSH||Q.Judkins 6 yd rush|
PAT kick by J.Cruz (GOOD)
|1||06:01||TD||RUSH||Q.Judkins 3 yd rush|
PAT kick by J.Cruz (GOOD)
|2||14:57||FG||J.Cruz 32 yd Field Goal||9/61/2:57||3-17|
|2||04:08||FG||J.Cruz 48 yd Field Goal||11/45/4:12||17-20|
LSU Field Goals:
|TOTAL||1-2||LONG OF 23|
LSU All Purpose Yards:
|30||G.Penn III (LB)||6||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|3||G.Brooks Jr. (S)||4||1||0||0||0||1||0||0|
LSU Punt Returns:
LSU Kick Returns:
LSU Team Stats By Quarter:
LSU Scoring Summary:
|1||08:44||FG||D.Ramos 23 yd Field Goal||12/69/4:39||3-7|
|2||12:11||TD||PASS||J.Jenkins 34 yd reception thrown by J.Daniels|
PAT kick by D.Ramos (GOOD)
|2||08:20||TD||RUSH||J.Daniels 3 yd rush|
PAT kick by D.Ramos (GOOD)
|3||08:25||TD||PASS||M.Taylor 1 yd reception thrown by J.Daniels|
PAT kick by D.Ramos (GOOD)
|4||14:18||TD||RUSH||J.Daniels 11 yd rush|
PAT kick by D.Ramos (GOOD)
|4||08:36||TD||RUSH||J.Daniels 17 yd rush|
PAT kick by D.Ramos (GOOD)
|4||02:05||TD||RUSH||J.Williams 1 yd rush|
PAT kick by D.Ramos (GOOD)